Usage examples for incantation

  1. After a short and rapid symphony, a wind- instrument took up a wild strain, while a human voice was again heard chanting to the music, words which were so much involved by the composition of the air, as to render it impossible to trace more than that their burthen was a sort of mysterious incantation of some ocean deity. – The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas by James Fenimore Cooper
  2. After an incantation and jadoo- music, he caught hold of the handle and raised the bowl and the rice slowly into space. – Indian Conjuring by L. H. Branson
  3. No remedy, we are told, was administered without mysterious ceremony and incantation. – Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery by Robert Means Lawrence
  4. There a familiar sound met his ears- the roll of a drum followed by an incantation in a quavering, high- pitched voice. – The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol by William J. Locke
  5. My correspondent says as soon as the child is born the Fetish- Man binds certain fetish preparations round his limbs, using at the same time a form of incantation or prayer. – West African studies by Mary Henrietta Kingsley
  6. Then he will rub the wound again, and again the head of the snake, all the time muttering prayers, making passes with his hands, bowing his body to the ground, and going through other forms of worship, and when he has concluded he will assure you that the bite of the snake has been made harmless by the incantation. – Modern India by William Eleroy Curtis
  7. But at her side Ulka was standing erect, tall, slender and beautiful, but just as he cast his missile the evil voice of the old medicine man began a still more evil incantation. – Legends of Vancouver by E. Pauline Johnson
  8. By means of an incantation these resume their natural positions, and the little boy gets up and walks off, apparently none the worse for his most trying ordeal. – Indian Conjuring by L. H. Branson
  9. And to the same authority is accredited the saying that even the world might be made to stand still by means of a suitable incantation; a saying which voiced the popular belief in the miraculous power of words. – Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery by Robert Means Lawrence
  10. He himself, having been born at noon on a Sunday, was, therefore, one of the elect, if he but knew the incantation. – The Marvellous History of the Shadowless Man and The Cold Heart by Adelbert von Chamisso Wilhelm Hauff
  11. On the fourteenth of the dark half of the moon at night, I had gone into a place where dead bodies are burned, for the purpose of accomplishing a witch's incantation. – Vikram-and-the-Vampire-Classic-Hindu-Tales-of-Adventure-Magic-and-Romance by Burton, Isabel, Lady
  12. The incantation is spoken, we find ourselves in the region of Horai- the fairyland of Japan- with its arch of liquid blue sky, lukewarm, windless atmosphere, an atmosphere enormously old, but of ghostly generations of souls blended into one immense translucency, souls of people who thought in ways never resembling occidental ways. – Lafcadio Hearn by Nina H. Kennard
  13. This we could guess, for after awhile the incantation ceased and the crowd in front of the big man with the cat upon his head opened out, while behind him a column of smoke rose into the air, as though light had been set to some sunk furnace. – Ayesha The Further History of She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed by H. Rider Haggard
  14. Or one might go out into the harbour late upon a winter afternoon, and see it as a city of a million lights, rising like an incantation from the sea. – The Metropolis by Upton Sinclair
  15. So she said to the king: " I would say the incantation over a beast of the field, but over a king I could not say it. – The Golden Fleece and the Heroes who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum